b'INDUSTRY NEWSRoofing Technology Think Tank Announces 2020 Innovator of the YearRoofingTechnologyThinkTank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutionsfortheroofingindustry, awarded the 2020 Innovator of the Year award to Scott Riopelle, the owner and CEO of Denver, Colorado-based Interstate Roofing. The award was announced during the virtual 2020 Best of Success Conference. ItsclearthatScottisanearly adopter and eager to integrate the latest technologies into Interstate Roofing,statedAnnaAnderson, CEO of Art Unlimited, Award Task TeamLeaderandRT3Board Member. To eliminate any chance of bias, our panel of judges did notInterstate Roofing is a member of the Colorado know the names of the persons or companies thatRoofing Association, National Roofing Contractors they were reviewing. They ranked nominations basedAssociation and Scott serves on the board for the solely on the technological information provided onWestern States Roofing Contractors Association. the nomination form.Interstate Roofing is rated in the highest tier with According to the nomination, Scott was one of the firstmanufacturers such as Owens Corning, Versico, contractors to adopt using EagleView measurementBoral Steel, GAF and CertainTeed.reports as a standard in his business, as well asCongratulations to Scott Riopelle and Interstate Xactimate and Scope Assist. Technology is theRoofing on being named the 2020 Innovator of the new future in the roofing industry, stated Scott. ByYear.providing aerial and mobile access in seconds it is going to save time and be more cost effective for theAbout Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3)jobs. I will never forget the first time I saw Xactimate.Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) strives to find I was blown away by how far we have come in theinnovative technology solutions to be used within last decade. the roofing industry.RT3 provides insights from Scott shared that Interstate Roofing has begun usingprogressive thought leaders both inside and outside virtual reality and augmented reality in their business.the roofing industry along with practical resources for This technology speaks to the new generation ofimplementing potential solutions successfully. The contractingsalespersons.Ithasincreasedourorganization will encourage and enable contractors retentionbasebyallowingmultipleavenuesofto embrace technology as they seek to grow their education, while providing another way to evaluatebusinesses.With a commitment to disseminate the skills of a contractor before we finalize a contractortechnology advancement information, RT3 will help agreement or put them in the field blindly. Whatbuild the professionalism and appeal of the roofing this caused is a more loyal base of employee andindustry. Learn more at www.rt3thinktank.com.contractor alike, he explained. He also is willing to share knowledge and help others in the industry, often presenting and educating other contractors, even competitors on how to implement technology into their businesses. Due to the pandemic we have been forced to look at digital technology from a different perspective. I see the challenge and accept it as a good thing. It is not always about growing more jobs but defining the good jobs from the bad ones and keeping the crews safe, he said. www.mrca.orgMidwest Roofer 13'